As of the morning of Wednesday, March 18, a total of 198,006 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were recorded worldwide, reports the CSSE at Johns Hopkins University.
The number of lethal cases has increased to 7,948, according to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases dashboard.
At the same time, 81,950 people recovered from the disease.
In China, there are 81,074 cases, including 3,122 lethal ones. The second-highest rate of infection spread is recorded in Italy with 31,506 cases and 2,503 deaths.
In Iran, 16,169 people have already been infected and 988 have died. In Spain, there are 11,826 infection cases, including 533 lethal ones.
As UNIAN reported earlier, an outbreak of a novel coronavirus was recorded late December 2019 in the most populous city of Central China, Wuhan. The World Health Organization recognized it as a global emergency, describing it as a multi-cell epidemic.
To date, 14 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Ukraine, two of which are lethal.
The country has declared a nationwide quarantine, which will last until April 3.